What’s the best stretch wrap for your facility? Unfortunately, there are no hard-and-fast, one-size-fits-all solutions when it comes to choosing the best stretch wrap. Instead, it’s critical you choose the stretch wrap best suited for your facility and for the types of loads you’ll be looking to secure.
Fortunately, the stretch wrap film experts at AAA Polymer are here to offer assistance and match your needs to the best solution. Continue reading for a simple guide to buying the best stretch wrap film for your specific facility.
In general, there are two main types of film that are differentiated by the process of manufacturing: blown stretch film and cast stretch film.
Stretch film manufactured through the cast extrusion process boasts:
On the other hand, blown film extrusion process of manufacturing lends blown wrap a desirable set of features, including:
When choosing between blown stretch wrap and cast stretch wrap, it’s critical to think about how the material will be used. For example, if you’re looking for a stretch wrap that will most effectively secure loads, blown stretch wrap has a higher degree of memory and ability to retract. On the other hand, if you’re using RFID tags and barcode scanners on your packages, cast stretch wrap will be your better solution because of its clarity.
As the median film between cast film and blown film, pre-stretch film is an extruded type of blown film. Pre-stretched film has been stretched extremely close to its breaking point prior to being placed on rolls for use, which makes very easy to apply.
Because pre-stretched film is already extended to the optimized yield, you don’t have to worry about your employees not using the right amount of stretch wrap to achieve optimal stretch tension. This attribute of pre-stretch film will help save your business money and reduce your film usage. A few key benefits of using pre-stretch film include:
Machine stretch film is offered as either blown or cast variety. As the name suggests, machine stretch film is engineered to be applied via a machine. When compared to hand stretch film, machine stretch film offers multiple advantages, such as:
Hand stretch film is a type of material designed to be manually applied to loads or pallets. Hand stretch film is traditionally used in operations with lower packaging capacity. Even if you’re using hand stretch film, choosing the best applicator can help you drive more efficient packaging operations.
In addition to the previously mentioned types of stretch wrap films, you can choose from a range of different custom films. Colored stretch films are offered in orange, red, green, yellow, and blue. These films are transparent, so you’ll be able to see the contents underneath after several revolutions.
AAA Polymer offers colored stretch wrap in. You can also choose custom UV stabilized stretch films that are ideal for loads stored outside. These stretch wraps include an extra UV blocker to reduce the transmission of the sun’s UV rays. These films feature good dimensional stability and high mechanical strength over a range of temperatures.
Now we’ve covered the general different types of stretch wrap, the next step in buying stretch wrap film is to choose the right stretch wrap thickness or gauge. The gauge of the stretch wrap will inform you on the amount of weight or force the film can withstand before failing. In general, the higher the gauge of stretch wrap, the higher loads it can handle — but this isn’t always the case. Some of the most common stretch wrap gauges are:
Stretch wrap film comes in an array of types and thicknesses. Choosing the best stretch wrap in the right thickness is critical to limiting the potential for damage and loss during shipping as well as minimizing shipping costs. The experts at AAA Polymer are your stretch film experts. We’ll listen closely to your unique needs and guide you to the best solution.
Contact AAA Polymer today for the best stretch wrap films.